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HP Offers the Right Compute for Scale-up x86 Workloads


GUEST BLOG POST: Jim Lofink, HP Servers Go to Market Manager


A critical rule of thumb to live by –especially in information technology—is  that one size does not fit all. This is especially true when you’re looking to deploy a scale-up x86 server to meet your consolidation, data analysis or business processing needs. Depending on the type of workload being implemented, varying factors such as performance, scalability, reliability, efficiency and performance density are important and need to be factored into the equation.  At HP, we are implementing a vision of providing a broad family of scale-up x86 servers that meet these diverse requirements.  The family starts with HP’s ProLiant DL560 and BL660 Gen8 servers.  These 4-socket solutions are versatile rack and blade optimized servers that offer best in class performance density for demanding application environments and data intensive workloads. 


The family continues with the HP Proliant DL580 Gen8 server based on the Intel Xeon E7-8800/4800 v2 processor, which HP introduced on February 18th. This 4-socket server offers the highest levels of performance and availability for demanding database workloads at a lower cost of ownership.  The HP 8-socket ProLiant DL980 G7 rounds out our current offerings and is architected to deliver the balanced scaling, self-healing resiliency and breakthrough efficiency. 


The idea of choice doesn’t stop there.  HP has publically discuss a number of future innovations for the scale-up x86 market  including delivering blades with Intel Xeon processors for the HP Superdome 2 enclosure (code name “DragonHawk”) for the highest levels of scalability and performance in an x86 server.    Project Kraken, based on the “DragonHawk” server and demonstrated at SAP Sapphire in 2013, will provide massive amounts of memory and processing capabilities to support the largest HANA in-memory databases.  Finally, HP announced plans to extend its mission-critical HP NonStop technology to x86 server architecture, providing the 24/7 availability required in an always-on world.


As a result, enterprise businesses will have  an unparalleled choice to support their scale-up x86 needs.  If scalability is a factor, one can pick the right point on a spectrum from the ProLiant DL560 or BL660c Gen8 servers to the largest offerings with the planned “DragonHawk.”  Alternatively, if varying degrees of availability are important one can choose from 4-socket ProLiant Gen8 servers running disaster recovery technology such as ServiceGuard for Linux all the way up to 100% application availability with the future NonStop on x86.  All designed to provide the broadest portfolio to match the right compute to meet your varying scale-up workloads.  

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